Losing is hard, there’s no doubt about that. But when you’re losing and at least getting acknowledgement for how hard you’re fighting, well that can make it a little better.
After losing a fifth game in a row, and this one in particularly devastating fashion, Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell said he got an encouraging message from an old friend — Drew Brees.
“He shot a text to me just talking about how impressive it was,” Campbell said, referring to Detroit’s comeback attempt against the Minnesota Vikings. “It was like, ‘My god, man, those guys are fighting – those guys are not giving up, they’re fighting.’ He goes, ‘You guys are close.’”
The pair spent time together in New Orleans both as teammates in 2009 and then while Campbell coached from 2016-2020. Campbell said they’re friends, but the quarterback turned NBC analyst isn’t hitting him up every week.
“I know if he’s sending me something, it’s because it means something, so that’s why it kind of spoke volumes,” he said.
Brees mentioned the exchange during halftime on Sunday Night Football. Justin Rogers of The Detroit News caught his comments:
“This man played the game like he coaches the game and I texted him after the game and said, ‘I love the way your team fought,’” Brees said. “He texted back and I felt those emotions (from his press conference) in that text message, which was, ‘I love this team and I love the way they fight.’
And it’s not just Brees offering some words of support.
Tony Dungy on SNF reacting to Dan Campbell’s emotions said he can relate. Started 0-5 losing at the last minute his first year as a head coach in 1996. pic.twitter.com/9Pess66kIf
— Jim Costa (@JimCosta_) October 11, 2021
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